Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Seeking God, Sharing Christ, Serving Others
We are Disciples of Christ, a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world.
As part of the one body of Christ, we welcome all to the Lord's Table as God has welcomed us.
(Disciples of Christ Identity Statement)
Eastgate is an active congregation in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). This denomination, which has a more than 200 year history, is rooted on the ideals of the American frontier, emphasizing the value and worth of each person -- including each person's ability to serve Christ in a variety of ways.
This is not a hierarchical, or "top down," church. Instead, we work through partnership and covenant, valuing the service of others, and celebrating the innovations and manifestations of the Holy Spirit that frequently occur when people do not need to ask permission, but instead can act with confidence in faith.
Of course, such equality does not mean we are always in agreement. The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) celebrates diversity of theological ideas, insisting on only a few key things:
Communion is the center of worship and disagreements should not prevent Christians from gathering together in Christ's name;
Believer's Baptism is the sacrament that celebrates membership in the church.
You will find we embrace the concept that there are "No Creeds but Christ". We do not require acceptance of any human created creeds to be a part of Eastgate.
We are called to study and read scripture for ourselves. Rather than having tests of faith and creedal statements, we critically and thoughtfully study scripture, taking into account the history and background – the context – in which it was written.
We also honor the heritage of Christian unity by staying together in covenant as a witness to the world that even when we disagree we can still make room, welcoming all to the table as Christ has welcomed us. Our spiritual ancestors were fond of saying, “unity, not uniformity.”
We seek out ecumenical partnerships with other churches who serve in Christ's name; and we feel a call to bring about wholeness in our communities and the world.